Adobe Flash Professional CC: Learn by Video [DVD-ROM]

A box of these just showed up at my doorstep. Looks like they are now available for sale online as well!

This critically acclaimed interactive training program from Adobe Press offers exceptional quality high-definition video to teach the fundamentals of Adobe Flash Professional CC.

Including more than 4 hours of video tutorials, the course comes complete with lesson files, assessment quizzes, and review materials. Experienced instructor Joseph Labrecque presents a comprehensive introduction to Flash Professional, including best practices as well as fundamental concepts of animation and interactivity. Covered topics include working with graphics, sound, tweens and masks, and exporting files to various formats, and how to work within the Creative Cloud.

Adobe Flash Professional CC: Learn by Video [DVD-ROM]

LevelUp for Photoshop – Updated for CC

With the release of Photoshop CC as part of the Creative Cloud, Adobe has also updated the LevelUp for Photoshop extension with a ton of enhancements which focus on new Photoshop CC features! It’s a great way to get familiar with the product and teach others through an integrated learning experience.

LevelUp CC

LevelUp for Photoshop is a game of missions — and points and rewards — that guide you along the way of learning basic Adobe® Photoshop® CC software skills. If you are a photographer and are just starting to use Photoshop, this is the game for you.

New in LevelUp for Photoshop CC:

  • An additional level to attain – Level 4
  • A new set of Quiz questions
  • 4 new PhotoShop CC inspired Missions (below)

New Missions

It was a really interesting experience working on enhancing this project with Adobe – I encourage anyone learning Photoshop CC to check it out!

Getting Started with ActionScript –

Very pleased to announce that I’ve started a new publishing relationship with and the first course in their library is “Getting Started with ActionScript”!


How did this come about? After my former publisher, video2brain was acquired – a number of us authors were asked whether we’d like to join the team and were given the opportunity to have certain existing English language courses included in the library. This is the initial result of that agreement – though I also have a much fresher course already recorded for them as well. Look for that in the next month or so…

Getting Started with ActionScript
ActionScript is an object-oriented programming language that has a wide reach on the web, the desktop, mobile devices, and beyond. In this workshop, expert software engineer Joseph Labrecque teaches you the fundamentals of programming in ActionScript 3 using both Flash Professional and Flash Builder. Learn how to use core constructs and object types such as variables, arrays, and functions, as well as more advanced types like video, sound, XML, and JSON.

Topics include:

  • What is ActionScript and why should I learn it?
  • ActionScript 2.0 vs. ActionScript 3.0
  • Implementing external source code
  • Working in Flash Professional and Flash Builder
  • Understanding language fundamentals
  • Working with ActionScript objects

PhoneGap Starter (for PhoneGap Build)

Most PhoneGap “Hello World” examples make you go through the task of configuring PhoneGap on your system and making sure your system PATH is set with Android Virtual Device support and a bunch of command line interfacing… and it is CONFUSING for newcomers!

What if you just want to write your code… test your code in browser… then compile everything with PhoneGap Build services?

Well, then you read this tutorial!


To complete this example, you will need:

  1. Be sure you have some sort of web server running locally. I recommend XAMPP as it is cross-platform and has probably more than you need to get started. Install it and make sure it is all working. The reason you will want this is that you can better test via browser emulation in this way and will avoid XMLHttpRequest cross-origin issues.
  2. http://localhost/ in the browser should pull up a page. Make sure this is working.
  3. Install an IDE. It can truly be any IDE that can edit HTML/CSS/JS. I’m using Dreamweaver in this example. Honestly – any IDE – Notepad works.
  4. Create a new directory within your local web files. For me, this is C:\xampp\htdocs\phonegap and this will map to http://localhost/phonegap/ in the browser.
  5. Have a look at the zip package I have provided. You will find index.html and cordova-2.6.0.js and a config.xml– this is ALL YOU NEED! Place these files within your phonegap directory.
  6. Run this within the Chrome Ripple emulator. You’ll see an alert fire.
  7. Feel free and play with any other API’s or CSS styling or whatnot.
  8. You can package these files up in a zip and send them up to PGP to compile.
  9. EASY!


Not bad, right? :)

Here’s the index.html code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
        <meta charset="utf-8" />
        <meta name="format-detection" content="telephone=no" />
        <meta name="viewport" content="user-scalable=no, initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1, minimum-scale=1, width=device-width, height=device-height, target-densitydpi=device-dpi" />
        <title>Hello World</title>
        <script type="text/javascript" src="cordova-2.6.0.js"></script>
		<script type="text/javascript">
			var showMessageBox = function() {
			function init(){
				document.addEventListener("deviceready", showMessageBox, true);
    <body onload="init();">